Celtics’ Brown on Warriors: ‘I feel like they got away with a lot tonight’

After one half of basketball, the Golden State Warriors led the Boston Celtics 52-50 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night. 

Jayson Tatum scored 21 of his team-high 28 points and kept the Celtics in the game. However, in the third quarter, the Warriors went off.

Golden State outscored the Celtics 35-14 in the third quarter. Steph Curry scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in the third as the Warriors routed the Celtics 107-88 at Chase Center to even the series up 1-1.

Game 3 is Wednesday night in Boston.

The Celtics went cold in the third as they shot 24% from the field, including 25% from downtown, and they had no answers for Curry and the rest of the Warriors in the third.

Golden State had five players in double figures, but Curry was the focal point of the offense, which Draymond Green discussed after the win.

“I think our offense is always a lot of Steph,” Green said. “It all starts with Steph, whether — you know, when KD was here, our offense still started with Steph. That’s the way it’s going to be. I think when you’re playing against a team like that, you have to get offense from other places and not just Steph. I think, for the most part, we did a pretty good job of that. You know, Klay, what, 4-for-19, had a tough one, but that happens. We know he’ll make shots as this series continues to go on.”

In Game 1 for Boston, it was about the others, including Derrick White, Al Horford, and Marcus Smart, who combined for 68 points. In Game 2, it was a different story as the trio totaled 16 points. 

Curry discussed what they did to shut down White, Horford, and Smart.

“We look back at Game 1, and there were — between Marcus, Al Horford, and Derrick White, there for four or five shots they got in the first half that were just uncontested,” Curry. “So for us to come out in the first quarter with the level of intensity and focus, obviously Jaylen(Brown) and Jayson(Tatum), what they do in the ball in their hand, it’s a tough cover. It’s more obvious what you need to do on those guys. But then certain possessions, we took — kept a body on Al. Tried to force Marcus into a crowd. I think that carried over to the rest of the game. So we have to continue to try to do that because they are liable to get hot at any moment.”

Game 2 got a little physical as  Green got into it separate incidents with Grant Williams(first quarter)and Jaylen Brown, which led to a technical foul; however, some believe he should have gotten called for a second tech for his altercation with Brown, where Green had his legs on Brown, which led to some pushing and shoving between the two, but Green avoided the tech and the ejection. 

According to Green, he has to be himself.

For me to sit back and say, oh, I’m going to push it to this edge and try to pull back, that don’t work,” he said. “I got to be me. So with the first tech, it is what it is. That’s not going to stop me from being aggressive or doing what I do on the basketball court. Just got to live with the results.”

Brown expects Green to be physical, and he feels Boston has to raise their intensity level in this series.

“He’s going to try to muck the game up, try to raise the level of intensity,” Brown said about Green, “We’ve got to raise ours. I feel like they got away with a lot tonight, but we’ve got to come ready to play, come ready to meet that physicality on both ends.”

It appears we’re going to have a long series. Basketball is a game of runs. In Game 1, Boston exploded in the fourth, and in Game 2, Golden State exploded in the third. 

Let’s see what Game 3 has in store for us in Boston.

Spurs add Richardson, Langford, first-round pick for White

On Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs acquired guards Josh Richardson and Romeo Langford, a protected 2022 first-round pick, and the rights to swap 2028 first-round draft picks with the Celtics in exchange for guard Derrick White.

Boston, who have won six straight, gets a solid player in White. The 27-year-old guard is averaging 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per contest this season.

The five-year veteran has spent his entire NBA career with San Antonio. White is one of four players in franchise history with at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 150 steals, and 150 blocks in their first 250 career games, along with David Robinson, Willie Anderson, and Tim Duncan.

White, who signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Spurs last season, was supposed to be one of the building blocks for San Antonio, but the Silver & Black decided to go in a different direction.

Richardson, 28, has appeared in 44 games this season for the Celtics and is averaging 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. The seven-year veteran has played for the Heat, 76ers, and Celtics. 

The 22-year-old Langford is averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. 

San Antonio is in the midst of a rebuild, and in the deals they made before the deadline, the Spurs acquired multiple draft picks. They will have three first-round picks in the 2022 draft, which will be huge as the Spurs try to improve their roster.

Spurs snap four-game losing streak with win over Chicago

For three quarters, the San Antonio Spurs(23-20) were in complete control and led by as much as 36 points against the Chicago Bulls(19-25) on Saturday night. However, the Bulls made a furious run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to nine with just over five minutes left, but San Antonio went on a 7-0 run to push the lead to 16, and they would go on and win 120-104 at AT&T Center.

With the win, San Antonio snaps a four-game losing streak.

The Spurs had seven players in double figures led by Jakob Poeltl’s 20 points. DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and seven assists, and Patty Mills and Derrick White had 16 points apiece. Newly-acquired Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls with 21 points and nine rebounds.

San Antonio led by as much as 31 points in the first half and had a 65-39 lead at the break. The Spurs carried a 23-point lead into the fourth quarter. 

Dejounte Murray, who had 14 points and eight assists on Saturday night, felt the Spurs got a little lax in the fourth quarter. The Bulls went on a 21-6 run to make things interesting.

“I think they kind of punched us,” Murray said. “I think that we kind got a little comfortable, and they punched us, but we kept it under control and we won the game.”

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was happy with the shot-making and San Antonio’s ability to share the ball(29 assists in the game). 

“You make shots; everything looks a lot better,” Popovich said. “Overall, we shared it pretty well. DeMar(DeRozan), Derrick(White), Dejounte(Murray) had 22 assists between the three of them and only four turnovers, so that was a big part of getting open shots.”

Poeltl added: “Everybody did their part. We were sharing the ball, and I think that’s the best way to play ball, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Popovich hit another milestone on Saturday night as he won his 1300th game as a head coach. He’s the third coach in NBA history to do it. If the 72-year-old Popovich continues coaching, he will probably surpass Don Nelson(1335), who is the all-time leader in wins.

San Antonio continues their nine-game homestand when they host the Kings for a two-game set starting on Monday night. Hopefully, for San Antonio, they will have Devin Vassell, who left the game in second quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return. 

Spurs’ Popovich on White: ‘I thought he did very, very well for having been gone so long’

During the Spurs’ three-game winning streak, San Antonio came up big on the defensive end, but on Saturday night against the Grizzlies, the defense came up small.

San Antonio, who allow 111.3 points per game and 47% from the field, let the Grizzlies score 129 points and shoot 56% from the field, and the Grizzlies shot 48.6 percent (17-35) from three-point range for 51 points, the second-most the Spurs have allowed this season from beyond the arc. Ultimately, the Spurs would fall to Memphis 129-112 at AT&T Center.

De’Anthony Melton scored 20 points, and Ja Morant added 19 points and 11 assists for the Grizzlies. Memphis is on a six-game winning streak and played their first game since January 20 due to health and safety protocols. 

After the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said maybe the team playing on Friday night impacted their performance.

“Everybody plays back-to-backs and three and four nights, and it probably showed a little bit on us, but everybody goes through it,” Popovich said. “You just have to play. We got outplayed tonight. That’s the bottom line. 

While they lost, some good news came from this game for the Spurs. Derrick White returned after missing 14 games due to a toe injury, and in 22 minutes off the bench, White led the Spurs with 18 points. 

“I’m feeling good,” White said. “I don’t have a broken toe this time, so that’s cool, but I feel good. Just trying to get my legs underneath me. Feel like I haven’t played in a while, so just trying to get my legs back underneath me and do whatever it takes to help us compete. That’s all I’m trying to do.”

Popovich added on White: “I thought he did very, very well for having been gone so long.”

The beauty of the 2020-21 NBA schedule is the two-game sets, and for the Spurs, they have an opportunity to get back at it against the Grizzlies on Monday night and correct whatever they did wrong.

 

Spurs’ White suffers foot injury

The San Antonio Spurs were dealt a significant blow on Tuesday. Derrick White, who made his season debut on New Year’s Day against the Lakers, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of his left second toe. No word on how long White will be out. 

According to the team, the injury occurred after White fell in the second quarter against the Lakers.

Before his debut, the fourth-year guard was recovering from toe surgery on his left foot in the offseason. White also signed a reported four-year, $ 73 million extension with the Spurs in December. 

The 26-year-old White posted averages of 11.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.3 rebounds in 24.7 minutes last season while ranking second among all NBA guards in total blocks (59) and second in the league in charges drawn (30). White has appeared in 152 NBA games for his NBA career, averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.3 rebounds in 23.3 minutes while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from long range.

Derrick White signs extension with Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Derrick White to a contract extension, the team announced on Monday.

According to ESPN’s, Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a four-year, $73M extension.

White is a guy who the Spurs will count on to get the team back into contention and a player who has grown his game since coming to the league. The 26-year-old White posted a career-high 11.3 points along with 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 24.7 minutes last season while ranking second among all NBA guards in total blocks (59) and second in the league in charges drawn (30).

White played very well during the NBA Restart in Orlando. In seven games, White averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in 29.8 minutes while shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range on 8.0 attempts per game. 

For his NBA career, White has appeared in 152 NBA games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.3 rebounds in 23.3 minutes while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from long range.

Entering his fourth season with San Antonio, White was also a member of the USA Men’sMen’s National Team at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. San Antonio originally selected White in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft (29th overall).

Spurs exercise team option on Murray, Poeltl, White

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have exercised their fourth-year team option on guard Dejounte Murray and center Jakob Poeltl for the 2019-20 season. In addition, the Spurs have exercised their third-year option on guard Derrick White for the 2019-20 season.

Murray is entering his third season with the Spurs after being selected by San Antonio in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft (29th overall). Last year, Murray was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to be named to an All-Defensive Team. He ended the season with 459 rebounds, setting the record for most total rebounds in a single season by a point guard in Spurs history passing the previous mark of 378 by Johnny Moore in 1984-85. The former Washington Husky has appeared in 119 career NBA games, averaging 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.4 minutes.

Poeltl is in his first season with the Silver and Black after being acquired from the Toronto Raptors on July 18. Last season, Poeltl averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.22 blocks in 18.6 minutes. Selected by the Raptors with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the 7-0, 230-pound center has appeared in 136 games in his two-year NBA career, averaging 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes. Poeltl holds a career field goal percentage of .641 (320-499), which ranks fifth in the NBA among all players with at least 300 field goals made in the last two seasons.

White appeared in 17 games during his rookie season with the Spurs, averaging 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.2 minutes. The former Colorado Buffalo helped lead the Austin Spurs to the 2018 G League Championship, averaging 24.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.80 steals in 32.8 minutes in the G League Playoffs. He appeared in 24 regular season games for Austin, averaging 20.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.29 steals and 1.17 blocks in 28.2 minutes. White was drafted by the Spurs with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.